PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville women’s soccer team will be welcoming a large group of 20 new faces to the field for the 2015 season, Bears head coach Gary Warford announced on Thursday.
Included in the group are 16 incoming freshman, of which five are international signees, three junior-college transfers, and one currently enrolled student adding soccer to her athletic resume at UPIKE.
Warford is coming off an 8-9 campaign in 2014 with a 2-5 mark against Mid-South Conference competition. The eight wins were the most for the program since the 2008 season when Pikeville finished 10-6.
Plenty of returning talent is also there for the Bears, including Second Team All Mid-South Conference selection Kaitlyn Abdon, who led the team with 13 goals last season as a junior. The team’s second-leading scorer Jasmine Davis is also in the fold, as well as sophomore Abbie Helwig who scored two goals in the 2014 season opener at Berea.
One spot up for grabs will be goalkeeper, where Warford loses four-year starter and holder of all Pikeville records, Chelsea Schulte. In her career, Schulte finished with 431 saves and 11 shutouts while allowing just 2.2 goals per contest.
The UPIKE women’s soccer program’s 2015 recruiting class is made up of Macarena Acuna, Buenos Aires Argentina (San Francisco De Asis/University of Pikeville); Marleen Armbruster, Freiburg, Germany (Angell Akademie Freiburg); Larissa Ayo, Germantown, Md. (Patrick Henry JC); Hayden Bentley, Latonia (Cincinnati State); Carolyn Nicole Bertsch, Wilder (Campbell County HS); Bibian Borst, Raamsdonksveer, Netherlands (St. Oelbertgymnaisum); Victoria Dillion, Louisa (Lawrence County HS); Katie Dotson, Mesquite, Texas (Western Texas JC); Emilee Fairchild, Paintsville (Paintsville HS); Lyndsey Jones, Hazard (Hazard HS); Jinte Meertens, Masstricht, Netherlands (Topsortschool Hasselt); Rian Mullen, Staffordshire, England; Katie Porter, Prestonsburg (Prestonsburg HS); Bryanna Schroers, Alexandria (Campbell County HS); Effie Amy Shupe, Rockholds (Whitley County HS); Megan Stickler, Grayson (East Carter HS); Keahna Umpstead, Lacey, Wash. (Timberline HS); Lara Verhulst, Meulebeke, Belgium (Meulebeke) and Zoe Wafford, Mt. Sterling (Montgomery County HS).